|The Pit (aka Le Petit Verdon)
The Pit, with its pocketed white limestone, was Arizona's first foray into the realm of sport climbing in the mid to late 1980's. Today, it's northern Arizona's prime sport area. Well, if by prime one means most convenient for Flagstaff locals. It's a popular area that offers average quality climbing on average quality limestone, but is nice for an afternoon workout and certainly beats the gym. The area is pleasant and climbable year-round. Routes are well bolted, generally short, and distinctively pocketed and edgy in style.
Drive south of Flagstaff on Lake Mary Road. About six miles out, turn left into the Canyon Vista Campground. Drive through the campground to a lot at the far end. Follow the obvious trail for five minutes, breaking right to descend to the he cliffs.
84 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',49],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
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Shark Bait 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a AZ
: Northern Arizona
: ... : Swiss Tower
Shark Bait is one of the finer pitches at the Pit, and maybe the best for the grade. start out a roof which turns quickly into a steep scooped out section of the arete. the low crux is getting to the second bolt, and is some what intimidating, until you figure out the sequence through the myriad of pockets. A couple big moves leads you to the arÍte and several more engaging moves. At the obvious break, Purple Shark moves out and left, while Shark Bait continues more or less straight up, passi...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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|By Ladd Raine|
From: Plymouth, NH
Jun 1, 2007
The Pit is an awesome cold weather crag, a destination in the Flagstaff area.
From: Spokane, WA
Mar 2, 2008
So was anyone around when the anchor rock fell off of Sporte (right of Mordor)?
|By Chris Tatum|
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 26, 2008
Hey, Anyone know what caused the massive puddle of blood at the base of Mr. Slate?
|By John McMullen|
From: El Portal, CA
Apr 23, 2009
Most of the routes we put up at The Pit were climbed in the winter when we didn't want to drive south, or go out of state. "The Oven" was a favorite hang on days when it especially cold, and that is how it got it's name.
Locals climbed at The Pit for almost two years before we let the cat out of the bag. This was based on a vote at Alpine Pizza of course.
I can remember climbing on the Gone Wall one day and getting a cactus needle stuck in my arm. At the base, I pulled out the needle and it had gone into my brachial artery. Jets of blood sperted out of my arm every time my heart beat. My partner that day, Paul B almost passed out looking ... so I teased him by slapping my hand over it every once in awhile to stop-start it. It was hilarious. Left a huge puddle of blood (although that was many, many years ago)! Funny stuff!
Apr 24, 2009
Hey. Cool that John M. has jumped in.
|By Richard Fernandez|
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 14, 2009
Sorry FUNGUY, no such luck, from the looks of the two shiny draws hanging, the second one way off route I might add, the poor individual pitched making the third clip & decked, Haaard. Fresh blood at the crag, kinda surreal. Hope they're ok.
From: Homer, Ak
Apr 7, 2011
I notice on their website that Canyon Vista Campground is open May 16-October but many people comment on the great winter climbing here. Am I right to assume that the campground is accessible during their off-season? I'll be traveling through that area around late April and wanted to check out the pit for a day but didn't want to waste my time if it is going to be gated up or something. Thanks.
Jun 30, 2011
New 1/2" Anchors for The Twister and Dee-Lite on the Upper Tier.
A block with Anchors for some Upper Tier climbs (Dee-Lite & The Twister) had fallen sometime Nov. 2010.
There is a piece with a bolt at the bottom of The Twister.
|By Jeremy Jacobsen|
Jul 30, 2011
We were harassed by the park management at canyon vista for supposedly speeding (even though we weren't). These people were totally irrational and I would say hostile had they not been in their 80s. They told us the speed limit is 5 MPH (we were going maybe 10?) and then admitted to us that it isn't posted. They even threatened to call the sheriff for no apparent reason. I think these people may be trying to deter climbers. When I lived in Flag the place was under different management and we didn't have any problems. Has anyone else caught flak from these loons?
|By Andrew Ryder|
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 5, 2011
Jeremy, I have also been chased down by the camp host for "speeding." That was about three years ago. I doubt they are trying to deter climbers specifically because that parking is also used for the popular Sandy's Canyon hike. I'm not sure why they're so hostile about it.
They're probably just bored. It's probably best to just humor the hosts and take it slow through the campground.
From: Cave Creek/Preskitt, AZ
Aug 27, 2011
Jeremy, It as about Mid July when my friend and I got into a "conversation" with the new camp host. He gave us trouble because we backed into the parking spot, instead of pulling forward. He said we were going to cause a forest fire with our "Hot" tailpipes backing up to the meadow and we should be written up for it. Alos we were coming out after 8pm, evidently The Pit and not just the parking area closes after 8pm. He was also trying to tell us it would be out fault if climbing at The Pit was closed indefinitely, haha. I miss the guy from last summer, he was definitely more of a people person.
|By Michael Kukral|
From: phoenix az
May 10, 2012
Where can I find a guide?